Stingray or Fender Precision Bass? Which one has more POWAH!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MovingPitchers, Jul 8, 2013.

  1. I've played both so this isn't some ignorant question. I've played the MIA P-bass first then tried out the StingRay 4 after. Both of them pack one heck of a punch. StingRay more so because of the active electronics which gives it an amped up OOMPH!

    Regardless, which one would you agree has more punch?
  2. Rich McCoy

    Rich McCoy

    Apr 8, 2013
    I would say stingray.
    A P Bass is usually known for the growl.
  3. JimB52

    JimB52 User Supporting Member

    May 24, 2007
    East Coast
    Traditionally one is described as punchier, the other thumpier
  4. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    I own one of each, but my P is an Am Dlx, so 18 volt active pre as well. Still, the Ray has more balls overall, and yet I wouldn't want to give up either one. In the end, you can't lose, as either will be an awesome choice.
  5. Hmm..I am on a budget (200-300 CAD$) and I need something that's powerful like a p-bass for my next bass to accompany my more trebly and penetrative (haha) jazz bass.

    Might end up getting a used MIM P-bass or a Squier VM...or the new SUB ray series from EBMM....GASP
  6. GrayHatBass


    Jan 22, 2013
    The Stingray is known for punch. If that's what you're looking for, then it's probably the bass for you.
  7. jlepre


    Nov 12, 2007
    Cedar Knolls, NJ
    $300? Why are you even LOOKING at SR's and P-basses?
  8. lpdeluxe

    lpdeluxe Still rockin'

    Nov 22, 2004
    Deep E Texas
    For your budget, I'd get a Precision. I have 3 and each one is a great bass.

    I also have a StingRay 5, but it took years of looking to find one for $950, which is 'way outside what you want to pay. And, even at that, I'm more likely to pack a Precision to the gig, since the 'Ray is a lot more sensitive to touch and technique and changes in the temperature.

    Go for a P. There are a lot out there, at every price point, and very few are not good enough to gig with.

    Squier II P, $175:


    Fender American Vintage '57, $1500


    Oh yeah, and a MusicMan StingRay 5, $950:

  9. I have a couple of P-basses and an older EBMM Stingray 4. The Stingray has more punch, personally I play my P basses more.

    One is a 60th Anniversary American P, the other one is a 1980s MIJ P. I bought that one for under $400 US, admittedly outside your budget... but not by much.

    My MIJ Precision is the best playing "budget" bass that I've yet run across. If you are patient, you can find them on occasion.
  10. Does anyone live in Vancouver BC and willing to part with one of their less-expensive p-basses....all I can find are Affinity basses and I've had bad experiences with those so those are a no-go....
  11. Picktastic


    Feb 29, 2012
    For that price range, a used mexi p is pretty much the hands down best option. I love my mexi p.
  12. Because I want to know how they sound like: two superb quality instruments going head to head...not an MIM vs an MIA or anything like that. one day I'll have enough money to buy the damn MIAs and American made basses. However, since I am only working part-time, I had to reduce my price range to 200-300; most used basses go for around there unless it's some no-name brand
  13. Osztertag2112


    Jan 27, 2013
    Both are good but the p is def the one to choose, just an all around great bass
  14. TOOL460002


    Nov 4, 2004
    Santa Cruz
    +1 stingray. Been playing pre EB and EB MM4s for 15ish years. I LOVE them. If I had money for 2 new basses, I would buy 2 MMs. I like the 2 knob EQ, because it's like my pre EB. Try to get a 2 knob EQ EB MM stingray 4. Black on black. Sexy as hell. Yeah...
  15. StuartV

    StuartV Finally figuring out what I really like Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Manassas, VA
    For your budget and target, I'd say the best bass you could buy is a Made in America Peavey Fury (which is a P bass).
  16. I think you had what you wanted in an earlier post. The new S.U.B. series by Sterling is getting great reviews and is right in that price range.
  17. taurus1


    Sep 13, 2006
    Vancouver B.C.
    hey, I see mim P's around here all the time for between $2-300.00. I saw a sunburst mim at Roath's Pawnshop (near the Gateway Skytrain Station) in Surrey, I think they want $250.00, you might get it for $2-225.00.
    call before you go though, this was about a week ago.
    also, Rob Wright from NoMeansNo turned me onto the stock mim pups, they're a little hotter and perfect for aggressive tone.
  18. Oh greeaattt more sunbursts. LOL MY jazz is a sunburst and I was hoping to land an arctic white but hey, beggars can't be choosers.
  19. Bassmunnky


    Jul 3, 2004
    New York and Philadelphia
    Endorsing Artist: Ernie Ball MusicMan Guitars
    Look at Sterling By Musicman, the sub series.

    You're not going to have to 'work' hard to fit in the mix with a Ray....

    Not that the P is alot of work at all...but good luck
  20. king_biscuit


    May 21, 2006
    +1 I have both, and play both, but a Precision definitely sits better (and IMO sounds better) in a typical band mix.